exSite Support, Author at Councillor Derek Mitchell

Mitchell asks Codling Windfarm for Interpretive Centre

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The Codling Windfarm promoters met with Greystones Councillors and described the exciting project. The largest windfarm in Ireland it will save a lot of carbon by replacing thermal power plants. They plan for 140 large wind turbines on the Codling Bank, which is 13km off shore.  They hope to construct it in 2025/6 following getting consent and other permits. I welcome this project but it will be very visible from Greystones to Wicklow.  It is essential that this area is made feel connected and involved with the project via jobs,…

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Greystones Harbour, Town & Codling Windfarm.

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Codling will be the largest windfarm in Ireland with twice the power of Moneypoint, the largest thermal station. It will be very visible from the coast from Greystones to Newcastle & Wicklow Town. It is essential that the area is made feel connected and involved with the project via jobs, information, tourism, boat movements & trade. Maintenance base. I have spoken, in September 2020, at some length to Sally Shenton, Manager Base Selection and shown Erlend Christiansen and Paul Concannon around Greystones Harbour and its facilities. It is the safest…

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Glenveagh sells 100 Marina Apartments to German fund

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The Irish Times reports that about 100 apartments have been sold to a German Fund. Cllr Fortune seems very concerned about this but it is the plan from 15 years ago that these were to be built and sold to pay for the social infrastructure which has been built. The apartments have been rented out for around 6 months. ‘€90m has been spent on excellent promenades, substantial north and south breakwaters, a 200 berth marina, 2 public slipways, club facilities for sea scouts, rowers, divers, sailors and anglers. The excellent…

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Controversy over 41 Social houses in Greystones

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I welcome the majority vote of Greystones Councillors by 3 to 2 to provide 41 Social Homes at the Council owned site. This was purchased probably a decade ago for housing and lots of money has been spent preparing detailed plans, studying flooding, how to reduce it and other issues. The Government has agreed to fund building and I hope they will be ready in 2 years. There are 394 people on the Greystones housing list, many for a long time and I believe that we have a duty to…

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Good Wishes to Record Setting female sailors

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Greystones sailor Pamela Lee and her co-skipper Cat Hunt are attempting to set the first record for an all female, double handed circumnavigation of Ireland. They are hoping to inspire girls in Ireland and the UK to take up offshore sailing on equal terms. Probably setting off from the Kish on Tuesday evening, depending on the weather, it is expected to take about 5 days ‘This is a tough challenge, working 2 hours on and 2 off all that time, I wish them well’ said Cllr. Derek Mitchell, Cathaoirleach Greystones…

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Greystones Public Realm Plan Wins Big Award

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‘I’m delighted that Greystones Public Realm Plan won the Highly Commended Award at today’s Irish Landscape Institute awards ceremony.  We were beaten by  Ait Urbanism ‘North East Inner City Greening Strategy ‘(Dublin) .   The Galway Public Realm Plan came in third. I’d like to thank the Greystones 2020 Group for all the work and public consultation which went into it, working with Paul Hogarth & Co. This will serve as a plan which the Council will strive to implement in future years as funds become available’ said Cllr. Derek Mitchell…

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Progress on Delgany to Blacklion Road

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Significant Government funding, €280,000, has been allocated to producing a safer road at Delgany Wood Avenue and Blacklion Manor as there have been many complaints about speeding downhill. This will reduce the width to 6m from 8m in places which will slow drivers and raise the cycle tracks off the road. At the Delgany end there will be a signalised pedestrian crossing and better junctions as people have complained about them for a long time. This is to be completed by year end. A builder is completing the central section…

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Mitchell against Plan to end direct trains from Wicklow

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The plans for DART+ to Maynooth involve stopping the peak hour diesel trains from Arklow, Rathdrum, Wicklow & Kilcoole in Greystones and making the passengers transfer to the 2 DARTs per hour there. This is being done to allow 13 DARTs from Maynooth onto the North South line in the peak. ‘I am totally opposed to this as it will mean more people will use their cars, clog up the N11and be bad for Climate Change ‘said Cllr Derek Mitchell who is Chair of the Wicklow Transport Committee. Now there…

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